REWIND

7th Annual Electronics Recycling Event

August 18, 2018


The 7th annual electronics recycling event was held in Red Lodge on Saturday, August 18th.  The final net poundage of electronics was 23,433 pounds, the second highest total of all events and 25% higher than 2017. filling a 52' tractor trailer and two smaller trucks from Yellowstone E-Waste in Billings. This is a huge success given that significant collections are still being made year after year, and that financial donations were requested from participants given costs now apply for shipping and recycling.

A special thank-you to First Interstate Bank and bank president Lyle Zimmerman for use of the parking lot.  The entry and exit, unloading of vehicles, sorting of electronics and parking a tractor trailer are efficiently handled given the great layout of the site.

Thank-you to all the volunteers including the Red Lodge Lions Club, particularly heavy lifters Bill Cords, Kirt Nell, Don Kinney and Burt Douthit, the Red Lodge High School Green Team coordinated by Kate Belinda, and individuals to include Scott Bowser, Melissa Moore, Michael Sczutkowski and others who worked the whole day. Sue Foisy, Melissa Larson and Polly Richter for collecting donations from those dropping electronics from their vehicles. 

And Tom Hogye, now of WiseTek, Sacramento, California, for organizing the shipping and recycling of electronics, and to Yellowstone E-Waste, Billings, Montana, for assisting by hauling electronics to their facility for re-use and recycling.

The pre-event pickup was especially brisk this year as around 30 collections were provided around Carbon County.

We are proud to recycle CRTs (old cathode ray televisions and computer monitors) devices that are difficult to recycle responsibly in the state of Montana.  An estimated 40% of the total weight will be attributable to these devices.